Joining the NLSA

... and renewing your membership

Sailing at West Reservoir with the NLSA is extremely affordable - £140 or less per year!

Use of boats and buoyancy aids is included in the membership fee.

Membership criteria - Adult

    • RYA Level 2 certificate, or Youth Stage 3, or equivalent (yacht-sailing qualifications don't count)

Years of dinghy experience but don't have an official certificate? Do not despair, read below ...

Membership criteria - Youth

  • Age 8 or over

    • Youth Stage 3

    • Application made by parent or guardian

Application process

If you are 8 or over and have an adult RYA Level 2 certificate or a Youth Stage 3, or equivalent, you can join straight away; just follow the instructions below. There is a dropdown menu and the one you select depends on your date of joining and your category of membership.

Applications for young people aged 8 to 17 must be made by their parent or guardian.

The close family of qualified adult members can also join even if unqualified themselves, but must only sail with the qualified adult family member.

NLSA at West Reservoir is not an RYA Training Centre so if you don't have a qualification or dinghy-sailing experience, contact either the West Reservoir Centre on for details of RYA courses, or contact the RYA.

If you have an equivalent qualification, email the Membership Secretary on

Dinghy-sailing experience but no official certification...

If you have dinghy-sailing experience but no qualification you can apply for an assessment by Centre staff (subject to availability). There will be a charge payable to the Centre for the assessment. Once you have successfully completed this you will be able to join the NLSA.

Email the Membership Secretary to request an assessment referral -

The assessment takes about two hours and is carried out by an experienced sailing instructor, who will ask the sailor to demonstrate sailing skills up to RYA Level 2. The exact content of the assessment may vary, but most commonly the sailor has to rig and launch their dinghy, sail a triangular course and return safely to the pontoon.

Successful assessment permits the sailor to join the club and participate in all club activities. However, the assessment is not a replacement for RYA certification and therefore is not recognised at any other club.

Download the Confirmation of Successful Assessment Form

Due to Covid, no assessments are currently taking place. Email the Membership Secretary to discuss possibilities.

Annual Subscriptions

The subscription year runs from 1st April to 31st March. Subscriptions for new members run to 31 March of the following year.

Reduced rates for new members based on date of first joining

Full Membership

    • New members joining January to May pay a 100% subscription (currently £140.00)

    • New members joining June to September pay a 75% subscription

    • New members joining October to December pay a 50% subscription

    • Existing members when renewing pay a 100% subscription.


  • We offer 50% concessionary membership to adults who are:

  • over 60;

    • or full-time students in further/higher education;

    • or in receipt of benefits.

Email the Membership Secretary - to supply proof of eligibility or for more information.

Family rates

For members from the same household, only one adult qualified member pays the full annual subscription. All other household members pay 50% of the relevant full subscription.

The section below is managed by MemberMojo, a system we use for member registrations. If you need any help (the list of membership options is quite long :-), please contact

JOIN or RENEW your membership using online system MemberMojo